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13 August 2012 @ 01:29 pm
Hello everyone!

I've had my Small MeLuna for quite a few months now. Using it is not a problem, but I did have a concern. When I first got my cup, it lasted about 6-7 hours on my heaviest day without leaking (almost a whole school day for me). However it wasn't long till I found myself having to empty it every 2 hours on a heavy day! I know that the Small MeLuna is really quite small, but I've never considered myself to have a heavy blood flow until using the cup. I just wanted to know if a similar situation has happened to anyone else, and if anyone knows why this is? It's quite a pain because now I would like to order a higher capacity cup, what a shame :(

EDIT: I commented below, but I probably did a bad job explaining. :$ It's not so much that it's heavier overall, it's that my period isn't as long. Instead of having 2 heavy days and then it slowly easing up, it seems like almost everything comes out in 1 day, as strange as that is. 

Some other people have reported the same thing...
http://www.runawaysquirrels.com/2010/01/the-diva-cup-menstrual-cups-in-general/
http://persephonemagazine.com/2012/02/02/q-and-a-with-ms-vagina-science-heavy-bleeding-with-menstrual-cups-treating-bv-and-using-emmenagogues-to-induce-your-period/
http://www.squawkfox.com/2008/06/13/10-reasons-the-diva-cup-can-change-your-life/

Strange!
 
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 13th, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
Indeed small Melunas are especially tiny, and I believe most users could probably use a bigger size from the start (unless they have a super low cervix that won't allow anything longer).

There could be many reasons why your flow has increased, such as age, diet, lifestyle change, hormones, or just whatever. It could also be just an odd period. Whatever it is, I doubt the cup is the culprit. Unlike tampons, it doesn't have absorbing substances and fibres to draw the blood out of you.

On the bright side, there are many cups that hold twice to about three times more. So, if you do get another cup... you could still resell yours on mc-sales. :) http://mc-sales.livejournal.com/
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on August 14th, 2012 12:49 pm (UTC)
Is it full when you remove it? Was it full when it could last you 6-7 hours?
Not that it changes anything... the small meluna is tiny (:

It's sorta happened to me recently. I have a really low cervix and the max capacity of my mini medium meluna is like 6-7 ml because my cervix is in the cup. usually that's enough to wear it for 13h on my heaviest day, but this time..argh :(
You wouldn't call your flow heavy, but would you call it light? The tiny melunas aren't the best choice even for a medium flow...
potatoe_chippe on August 14th, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
I probably should have described this better, it's not so much that it's heavier, it's that it's heavier and shorter. I used to have 2 heavy days (I guess they're medium compared to what it is now!), and now it's like all of my contents come out in the one day! I've heard similar things happening to other people, but I can't seem to find the thread.

Edited at 2012-08-14 07:19 pm (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 14th, 2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
This is interesting. I've had several variations in my periods since I use a cup, but most of them I can attribute to switching hbc pills, so I can't really tell. On normal, light periods, I feel like I really "need" my cup only on the first couple of days and nights, after that there's barely any brown goop in there, and I'm fine using cloth pantyliners, just like I do for every day discharge.

I've heard of this phenomenon when people first switch from disposables to a cup... and I agree with this quote from one of your links : "Perhaps the suction the cup creates inside the vagina pulls the blood down faster? I cannot say for sure, but I am pretty certain that your blood only seems heavier because you’re holding it in a cup".

I'd think tampons would be much more likely to suck the blood out of you due to what they are made of. Perhaps there is some kind of suction factor, but I believe it's not harmful, since people usually report less cramps than with disposables (so maybe their uteruses have to work less hard?? or it's just the bad chemicals in disposables causing extra cramping ?). And for people who were using pads before, logically your period would be shorter, because the blood doesn't have to slowly creep down to the pad. And of course, it might look like a lot when you're not used to seeing your fluids up close this way. Sorry if I'm not really provinding a straight answer to your question.